Women Now Filing Mirena Brain Injury Lawsuits
A number of women have come forward to file Mirena brain injury lawsuits against the company for health problems relating to their intrauterine device (IUD). The plaintiffs are alleging that Mirena’s claim that only 1 in 1,000-10,000 IUDs would cause perforation of the uterus is untrue. Several additional incidents involving vaginal hemorrhaging and the device’s dislocation, expulsion, or migration are part of those suits. The number of legal actions has caused a few states to consolidate them into a MultiDistrict Litigation (MDL) for the purposes of centralized proceedings.
On May 27th, 2014, 9 plaintiffs filed for a separate MDL of Mirena brain injury lawsuits related to the IUD. These Mirena brain injury lawsuits represent women who have experienced non-stroke neurological complications related to the IUD. The lawyers filing the motion stated that they have another 65 women to be represented in this additional MDL.
The new Mirena brain injury lawsuits center around pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), otherwise known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). PTC causes increased levels of cerebrospinal fluid that creates pressure in the skull. In turn, the body responds as though there is a tumor present. The patient may experience double vision, temporary blindness, ringing in the ears, or severe migraines. Mirena brain injury lawsuits are centered on the lack of any real warning about IIH or PTC on the labeling of the IUD.
The Use Of The Mirena IUD
The Mirena IUD was first put into use in Europe in 1991. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for use in 2000, opening the doors for Bayer to expand into the American market. The device is promoted as a low-risk, convenient form of birth control for women who do not want to take pills on a daily basis. This long-term birth control device is supposed to prevent pregnancies for up to 5 years and can be removed at any time should the woman decide she wants to get pregnant. Research indicates that IUDs are the most effective form of reversible birth control available. Nearly 10% of all contraceptives used in the United States are IUDs.
Mirena Brain Injury Lawsuits And Birth Control
Legal actions surrounding contraceptive methods are not uncommon. Bayer also manufacturers two of the most popular oral contraceptives: Yaz and Yasmin. Bayer is running into two problems with Yasmin, however. There are thousands of lawsuits pending against Bayer because the birth control pill caused blood clotting in more women than expected. Secondly, the patent for Yasmin expired in June of 2014, putting a deep cut into Bayer’s profits as third parties began manufacturing generic equivalents. Marketing efforts dramatically stepped up for the Mirena IUD to convert Yasmin customers into Mirena IUD users after this expiration, creating more room for women to be negatively impacted by the device.
Injured? Contact the American Injury Attorney Group Today
It is worth speaking to an attorney if you or a loved one feel that you are eligible to join the Mirena brain injury lawsuits. Call the American Injury Attorney Group today to discuss the details of your claim in a free, no-obligation consultation. We can inform you of your legal rights and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.